AWM-MAA Etta Z. Falconer Lecture 2015

Lecturer: Erica Walker, Columbia University

“A Multiplicity All At Once”: Mathematics for Everyone, Everywhere

What does it mean to learn mathematics? What does it mean to say that some people are “math people”? In this talk, I draw upon 20 years of research and teaching to describe multiple contexts for mathematics learning and socialization across the lifespan. I share findings from studies with elementary students, high school youth, teachers, and mathematicians to describe how they engage in mathematical practice, develop mathematics identities, and craft meaningful spaces for rich mathematics learning. I discuss implications of this work for reframing teaching and learning, both within and outside of schools, to better foster people’s success, interest, and creativity in mathematics.